Team Member Introductions


My name is Emma Cotner. I am 27 years old, I live in Stillwater, MN and am a secondary math teacher. I used to spend my summers helping run camps in China through China Service Ventures, but due to law changes we couldn’t hold camps this summer. I heard about the HK and China camps for ALWM through Pastor Bill and Pastor John Peterson. I am excited that these camps are being run for mainland Chinese children, and am excited to see how the Lord is going to work through the team this summer to bring the Gospel to them.



My name is Karen Dorfmeyer and I live in Buffalo Grove, Illinois which is a northwest suburb of Chicago. I have been married for 34 years and we have three adult daughters and two grandchildren.  We attend Cross and Crown church in Arlington Heights, IL.  I have participated in 5 short term missions trips, one in Haiti, one in Russia and three times in Latvia.  I have also volunteered as the craft coordinator for the Eastern European bible camps for several years.  I work full time as a technical manager for a medical laboratory proficiency testing provider.  

I enjoy working with children and finding creative and fun methods to teach biblical concepts.  I have taught Sunday school and VBS for over 30 years.  Short term missions give me the opportunity to teach and to learn about other cultures. I enjoy talking with people from different countries to learn about their daily lives and challenges.  I look forward to working with this team to provide an fun and educational camp for the kids we will meet.



My name is Lisa Barnes (soon to be Owen)! I live in Seguin Texas and attend Faith Lutheran Church. I have been an elementary school teacher (currently 3rd grade) for 27 years. God has been dropping His blessings on me my whole life, but in the past year, they included Brett (soon to be husband), a new home, a new career path, and this mission. I have been praying for the opportunity to share Jesus with those who may not know him. In my heart I feel this mission trip was meant for Brett and me to make a difference in the lives of others.



Hi ! My name is Brett Owen andMan O’Man Have I ever been blessed!!! Not only daily as my feet hit the floor in the morning, but by having been guided by God Almighty with favor throughout my life (when I remember to let go) but especially within this last year. I didn’t Find my better half, I was guided to her, her name is Lisa and our Lives have just begun.  I have been a believer in Jesus Christ all my life and have recently decided to take the Big Ole Plunge, Baptized May8th 2016 in the Faith Lutheran Church of Seguin, Tx. I knew Lisa was a keeper when she didn’t help the Pastor hold me under any longer than necessary. In my thirty’s I had envisioned myself doing missionary work but had never pursued it because of my lack of belief within myself. Throughout my broad basedcareer and work experience I have met literally thousands of people and I truly believe in what the scriptures teaches, above all these things LOVE is the Greatest!! People want to be Loved its in the core of every soul. Its my goal with the direction from others toshow the Love Jesus Christ has for them and from me. Planting seeds we may never see grow, but having faith our impact on these children will last a Lifetime Via Jesus!!!

Josh Brenden